Japanese, West German Castles To Become ‘Sister Castles’
TOKYO (AP) _ A castle in a rural Japanese town and one in West Germany will become ″sister castles,″ a local official said Friday.
One castle is in Maruoka in the northern Fukui prefecture and the other is Marksburg Castle of Brauback, West Germany, a Maruoka official said.
Maruoka hopes the sister-castle agreement will promote cultural exchanges with the West German city, 40 miles south of Bonn, town official Masaaki Hayami said. The agreement will be signed in April during Maruoka’s centennial ceremonies, he said.
Maruoka Castle, built in the 16th century by a samurai warlord, is one of the oldest castles in Japan and has been designated as an important cultural property by the government, Hayami said.
Marksburg Castle, which stands along the Rhein River, was built in the 13th century, and is one of the oldest castles in West Germany, according to Hayami.
He said the Marksburg and Maruoka castles are the oldest castles maintaining their original conditions in the two countries.